If someone told you you could increase your health, better your mood, and be more attractive all at the same time with one simple movement, you would probably think they were full of—well, you know what! As unbelievable as this may sound, I’m here to tell you that it is true and with as little as just a smile, you can reap a list of health benefits and look good while doing it!
One of the benefits of smiling is its ability to reduce anxiety and stress. In today’s hectic world it is hard not to get bombarded with stress which has come to be known as the leading precursor to many chronic health problems such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and even mental disorders. Smiling in the face of difficulty helps to slow down the physiological reaction of stress by producing endorphins, a chemical known as the body’s natural pain killer, which then relieve the associated symptoms. So the next time stress come knocking, answer with a big smile! Even if it’s forced, the brain will react by sending positive messages that will relax and calm both your body and mind.
Your mood is affected by an endless amount of stimuli. Our surroundings, our thoughts, our interactions all play a major role in how we feel. When we are in a negative mood it usually shows in our facial expressions. In this case, when we turn our frown upside down and smile, those “feel good” endorphins are yet again released and our mood can improve instantly. We’ve all been there before, whether upset, sad, or even in a downpour of tears and something makes us smile. What happens? Our mood changes drastically—it’s like magic. Keep this in mind the next time you feel in need of a quick pick me up. It’s effortless and a whole lot cheaper than therapy.
Who would you rather interact with? A person who is scowling or one who is smiling? It’s pretty obvious if you ask me. A smile can help make friends, create a better bond and rapport with others, and even attract a significant other—all because a person that smiles frequently is viewed as more friendly, approachable, confident, and attractive than those who don’t. It is the easiest way to make a good first impression. People like to be around others who are happy, and a smile is the simplest gesture to express happiness. A smile can brighten a room, ease tension and make others feel good. Just think about when someone smiles at you; doesn’t it lift your spirit and bring a smile to your face? That’s because smiles are contagious, and when you smile, as we’ve learned above, the mood is altered in a positive way. A smile can—okay I think you’ve got the idea now. Just remember a smile can bring people, opportunity, and possibly love into your life. So smile for your health, smile for your mood, smile for confidence! It’s priceless, and what do you have to lose?